Kiddies, what we have here is what the smart folks call a conundrum. We have a new trailer for you today, for a film called Rampage. It’s about a young man who snaps one day and goes on a massive killing spree. SlashFilm, who caught it at Fantastic Fest, described it as, “Falling Down without the morals. Rampage is angry, sadistic, fun, yet disturbing.” Apparently, the main character (I hesitate to use the term protagonist) dresses himself from head to toe in body armor, and just… starts killing people. It’s apparently graphic, bloody, scary, thought-provoking and uncomfortable. Here’s the trailer:
And here’s the twist:
Yep, it’s directed by Uwe Boll.
I’m not quite sure what to do with that information. This is clearly a fucked up movie — over-the-top, exploitative and nasty. But I can’t help but wonder if I would have less trepidation about it if it wasn’t directed by Uwe Boll — especially because the early buzz has actually been… somewhat positive. This trailer has actually been out for a couple of months, but it’s finally started to generate some interest. To be honest, when I heard “Uwe Boll” and the title Rampage, I assumed it was an adaptation of this:
Turns out it’s something completely different (though it’s worth mentioning that it shares some thematic similarities with the 1987 William Friedkin picture of the same title).
Regardless, this is an unusual leap for Boll. While the film appears to be a hyper-violent shoot-em-up, it also appears to be quite serious, lacking much of the ridiculousness of his past efforts. I’m thoroughly confused.